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Garden Faire & Plant Sale

The third annual Secret Garden’s Fall Garden Faire and Plant Sale. Vendors include Mad Man Bamboo, Doyle’s Gardens, All Things Wild, The Organic Gardener, Pretty Pots, Pumpkin Mayhem, Bearheart Jewels, among others. 9 a.m. The Secret Garden, 8450 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

Open Garden at the Horticulture Center

Learn about cover crops, seed saving and the new pests living in gardens. Get ideas on water-efficient lawn conversions. 9 a.m. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. (916) 875-6913.

Pond and Garden Tour

A self-guided tour of 11 ponds and gardens in the Sacramento area. 10 a.m. Starts at 218 Orange Blossom Circle, Folsom. $10 per person, or $15 per car.

River City Bee

Open sewing time for quilters, sewers, and embroiderers. Get together with fellow needlework enthusiasts to sew, work on projects, and share ideas. Bring own equipment and supplies. Irons, ironing boards and extension cords provided. The program is offered in collaboration with the River City Quilters Guild. 9 a.m. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-2920.

Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour

Features Sutter’s Fort, private residences, the Kennedy Gallery, and the Amber House. 10 a.m. Parking lot of 2020 J Street, Sacramento. $30 (tour day); $25 (advance tickets). (916) 202-4815.


Fabric Fair

Fabric for sale to benefit the Sacramento Chapter of National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. 10 a.m. Carmichael Presbyterian Church, 5645 Marconi Ave., Carmichael. Free admission. (916) 497-1420.

Friday-Sept. 28

Auburn Fall Home Show

More than 800 exhibits for the home and garden; chefs demos; interior design competition; gift and gourmet galleria; prizes and giveaways. 11 a.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. $7 general; $2 seniors Friday only; $1 children ages 5-12, free for children ages 4 and younger. (530) 887-3616.

Next Saturday

Iris Sale

Over 100 varieties of bearded iris starter rhizomes. 8 a.m. Rotary Park, Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Loomis. Free admission. (530) 795-0851.

Native Plant Sale

California Native Plant Society will be selling a wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials at their annual fall plant sale. Botanists will be on hand to give advice. 9:30 a.m. North Star House, 10275 Old Auburn Road, Grass Valley. Free.

Nevada County Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale

Cool season vegetable starts, perennials, grasses & native shrubs for sale. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. 9 a.m. Nevada County Master Gardener Demo Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Free admission. (530) 273-0919.

Plant Clinic

Bring samples of problem plants or insects to a master gardener at the Farm to Fork Festival. 11 a.m. Capitol Mall, between Third and Seventh streets, Sacramento. Free. (916) 875-6913.

Oct. 3

Open House at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Tips on identifying bees, guided tours and more. Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis. Free. (530) 752-0479.

Oct. 3-4

Sacramento Valley Coin Club-Coin Show

Gold and silver coin raffle, exhibits, youth activities and more. 10 a.m. Four Points by Sheraton Sacramento International Airport, 4900 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento. Admission: $3, ages 18 and younger are free. (916) 204-5168.



Master Gardener Workshop – What to Grow Under Native Oaks

Learn how to incorporate landscaping around California oaks without jeopardizing their health;discover how to identify oaks; learn where to plant around oaks to avoid root damage; identify landscape plants that are compatible with the light and water requirements of oaks; the do’s and don’ts of planning planting under oaks. Bring acorns and leaves for in-class identification help. 10 a.m. Nevada County Master Gardener Demo Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Free. (530) 273-0919.


Yolo County Master Gardeners

Water wise gardening, including edibles and ornamentals. Master gardeners on hand to answer plant related questions. Rain or shine. 2 p.m. Davis Public Library, 315 East 14th St., Davis. Free. (530) 666-8143.


Grow Your Groceries Home Gardener Course

Designed for beginning gardeners, the Grow Your Groceries Home Gardener Course will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant edible organic garden. Combining indoor presentations and interactive demonstrations. 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Soil Born Farm’s American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. $225. (916) 252-6695.


Fused Glass Jewelry Making

Learn how to make handmade custom jewelry-earrings, pendants, necklaces, and watches out of fused glass during a six-week class. 9 a.m. Neil Orchard Senior Activity Center, 3480 Routier Road, Sacramento. $90 for six-week class. (916) 961-7770.

Next Saturday

Composting Tips & Tricks

Learn composting basics to turn yard waste and kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps into soil amendment. Learn tips for to speed up the process from UC Master Gardeners. 2 p.m. Southgate Library, 6132 66th Ave., Sacramento. Free. (916) 264-2920.

Greywater Workshop

Learn about common gray-water systems, codes and regulations, water conservation and more. 9 a.m. San Juan Water District, 9935 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay. Free. (916) 524-1435.

Living with Native Oaks

How to choose, grow and harvest your soup vegetables, how to store, freeze or dry your ingredients and an actual cooking demo of the dried, stored and frozen products in order to make a great soup in less than 15 minutes. 9 a.m. Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. (530) 621-5512.

Making Garden Chocolate!

Learn basic composting from Sacramento County Master Gardeners. Learn how to make kitchen and yard waste into the ideal soil amendment for your garden. 2 p.m. Southgate Library, 6132 66th Ave., Sacramento. Free. (916) 875-6913.

Nourishing Your Soil: Composting, Vermiculture, Cover Crops and Lasagna Gardening

Learn about the different types of soil, what to find in the foothills and how it affects everything that is grown. 9 a.m. Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson. Free. (209) 223-6838.

Sept. 30

How to Spin Yarn Using a Wheel at The Tin Thimble

Learn how to spin wool into yarn. Talk about natural dying, spin art yarn, learn which fibers spin the softest. A materials list will be available upon registration. No prior spinning experience necessary. Participants can confirm if bringing own wheel at time of registration. 11 a.m. The Tin Thimble, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis. $35 plus materials. (916) 652-2134.

Oct. 4

Four Fall Gardening Workshops

“Propagating Herbs from Seeds and Division,” 9 a.m. “Turn Kitchen Waste into Garden Gold,” 10 a.m. “California Native Plants,” 11 a.m. “Maintaining Hand and Power Tools,” noon. 10 a.m. Placer County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 11477 E Ave., Auburn. Free. (530) 889-7388.